Luis Roja's plan to tackle Mets' most difficult problems


PORT ST. LUCIE – Life with the Mets is crazy, you have to be prepared for everything. Things change suddenly, the owners come and go. Steve Cohen seems to be the newest, but as can be seen again on Tuesday, the Wilpons remain.

At least if the Wilpon Mets ever make it back to the World Series, there will be no worry about an electronic fraud scandal.

That's the word of the new Mets manager Luis Rojas, who raised a number of pressing issues when this new chapter started seriously. Rojas got the job because Carlos Beltran was a player in the middle of the 2017 Astros scam scandal.

"I've been here for 15 years and all we've done is playing the right game," Rojas told the Post this week.

Here is his plan on how to deal with Jake Marisnick, the outfielder who came from the Astros. Marisnick played six years in Houston, including 2017, which was a slow year.

"Jake is here now, he's a New York mead," said Rojas. "He will help us win games. He is a great trump card, a great outfielder and he has so much potential with the racket and I know we will maximize it because we have great striking coaches [in Chili Davis and Tom Slater], That's what it's about here. He and I talked about his role and how great the boys in the clubhouse will be for him.

"I don't know exactly what happened [in Houston], I know our boys are preparing to play the game in a fun and great way with the information. We are satisfied with that and I think the boys will be looking forward to this season. "

Analytics will be a big part of the Rojas system.

"Sometimes you ask for something just to see if it is possible and in your head you think there is no way and then it is there," he said. "These guys are incredible. I worked a lot with the opposing pitching [in 2019] and worked with positioning and other things that the players wanted, such as B. Counting and tendencies for the opposing team. We'll understand what that means when a coaching staff prepares for the game. That is a plus.

"And we have the human factor."

A win-win situation.

Rojas watches Yoenis Cespedes, who trained in the Mets Minor League after his boar injury.

"I had Yo in the minors during rehab operations and we had several conversations," said Rojas. "We exchanged views. We have a good relationship. We have many connections. We expect him to make progress and hope to have him with him as the progress continues. He punches. He is running. We'll see how progress goes. The medical department will let us know. "

Luis Rojas
Luis RojasCharles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Rojas pointed out that Jacob deGrom worked at the facility early on.

"He's a really good example for the boys," said Rojas. Cy Youngs and he are coming at this time of year and he is ready to go.

"They are way ahead," Rojas said of his pitchers, noting the additions of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha. “A past Cy Young winner in Porcello, the experience of a championship. Playoff games. They call it. & # 39; & # 39;

As for Dellin Betances, Rojas met him last week.

"His presence, his trust, I think he will be very effective for us," said Rojas. "He does different things. We'll meet before spring training to see where it is. "

Rojas is working on various constellations.

"At the moment, I don't want to commit to lineups I'm thinking of in my head," he said. “We have a lot of individuals on our team who can do so many different things. We have people who can get to the bottom. We have people who can run. We have people who can meet at different places in the lineup. There is so much versatility on the roster. I don't see any wrong lineups. "

He will look for energy from Brandon Nimmo.

"Always a smile, always positive," said Rojas. “I had Brandon while I was a minor, I think he was on three different levels and I watched him develop. When I first put on the Mets uniform, I was the Gulf Coast manager and he showed his tools right away. I am really proud of how far he has come. "

Rojas also has a close relationship with Pete Alonso and has been telling this story from the first time he did the NL Rookie of the Year in Double-A.

“In Portland, Maine, 2017, he plays the first series with us. He makes a double and they make a pitch change while he's in second base, "said Rojas." I spoke to him during the switch. I turned to go back to the dugout and someone caught my eye and told me to look at Alonso. I look over there and he leads secondary leads as the jug warms up. This guy pays attention to things like that so he can score straight away. That's how he is. "

This experience with his players should enable Rojas to shorten the learning curve.